Today on 21st March ’23, we’re celebrating World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD).
This year, we’re calling for people and organisations worldwide to be ‘With Us, Not For Us’. The message is critical to a human rights-based approach to disability. The idea is to move on from being treated as objects of charity and having the right to be treated fairly and have the same opportunities as everyone else, working with others to improve their lives.
For World Down Syndrome Day, we’re turning the ‘odd socks’ day on its head and have made a mural of odd/extra socks donated by the community. The mural features over 400 socks! These odd/extra/mystery socks were transformed into the sock ribbon, the symbol of WDSD and stuck down by community members. The plan for the art installation is to stand forever in celebration of the contributions of individuals living with Down Syndrome in Camphill and all over the world.
We’ve also organised a sock hunt to discover some of our favourite odd socks with prizes for those who find them with clues given in the morning. And we are running a drop-in sock puppet workshop!
We are, of course, all wearing odd socks today to continue to promote our work with people who live with this unique condition.
You can find out more about Down Syndrome here.